A consortium of big blockchain games names have staked a $3.6million investment in Saga enabling the production of a new unique, gamer-focused set of metaverse middleware and tools.
It’s a move made more interesting when you consider the inner workings of Saga’s previously announced and work-in-progress Soulbound system.
Soulbound is a smart way to ensure that only those participants with the game’s best interests at heart gain the power to influence and direct its future. Simply put you earn a place on the game’s council through excellent sustained play within the game, rather than being invited by a friend (potentially through nefarious means) or – more commonly – simply buying the required NFTs and having no interest in the game other than the value of what you’ve just bought. A game using Soulbound therefore can considered to be a true gamers community with the gamers that play it directing what will happen next.
The Soulbound platform gives gamers a secure, unified identity that they can take game to game with all the credibility and achievements they’ve accomplished intact, minimising the early days of ‘grind’ required to gain any kind of worth when starting in a new game.
By disconnecting that ugly, uncool ‘money stuff’ the focus of this ‘gamers council’ becomes on improving the game and gaining fun and satisfaction through play rather than engaging in the raw chore of some ‘play to earn’ experiences.
More fun, more gamers, more games
It’s a win win all round and it’s clearly being viewed as ‘a good thing’ as big names such as Animoca Branda, Delta Blockchain Fund and SL2 Captical on board and providing investment for Saga to thrive. Animoca Brands will be incorporating Soulbound into their upcoming triple-A Phantom Galaxies which is just part of a bigger industry play to attract more ‘mainstream’ gamers into the blockchain space.
Yat Siu, executive chairman of Animoca Brands said, “Saga shares our vision of an open metaverse, and we look forward to working with its team as it develops solutions to unlock the potential of blockchain gaming at scale. We are strongly encouraged by Saga’s partnerships with upcoming triple-A titles, tooling, and commitment to regulation-friendly ecosystems, and we believe that its Soulbound middleware approach will be able to assist blockchain games in growing committed player bases.”
Anything that takes the grind out of play to earn and rewards gamers with more control over the game they love and better games and gaming at the end of the day sounds good to us.